Cougars finish second at Invitational

Junior William Rainey fired a 5-under par 211 to claim his first career collegiate victory as the College of Charleston men’s golf team finished runner-up (+13) at The Invitational at The Ocean Course on Saturday.

Rainey, who competed in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields and won the Rice Planters Amateur this summer, shot three under-par rounds of 70, 70 and 71 to become only the second CofC player to claim individual medalist honors at the tournament next to John Duke Hudson (214) in 2010.

The Cougars led by four strokes after 36 holes of play on Friday, but Georgia Southern was able to sustain the challenging wind and light rain on the course to finish at +9 and capture the team title. Kentucky and UAB tied for third (+24), while N.C. State placed fifth (+26), Cincinnati sixth (+27), Troy seventh (+30), Charleston Southern eighth (+32), Akron ninth (+39), Georgia State 10th (+42), Lamar 11th (+53) and Francis Marion 12th (+58).

The College of Charleston coed sailing team won the 17-team SAISA Open regatta Saturday at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex on Saturday by a 29-point margin of victory over second-place Jacksonville (77 points).

Gold cups and windward-leeward courses were used to score nine races in both A- and B-divisions.

Eckerd College was third (78), Florida fourth (78), South Florida fifth (101), Miami sixth (136), Georgia Tech seventh (149), New College of Florida eighth (151), Duke ninth (170), Florida State 10th (176), N.C. State 11th (182), UNCW 12th (189), Clemson 13th (206), South Carolina 14th (218), Tennessee 15th (233), The Citadel 16th (265) and Georgia 17th (303).

Debuting in their first collegiate race for the Cougars were freshman skipper Charles Willard and freshman crew Maura Lonergan in A-Division and freshman skipper Carter Cameron in B-Division, with freshmen crew McCloy Dickson and Annabel Carrington in races 1-3 and 4-18, respectively.

The College of Charleston defeated Wofford before falling to Tennessee on the final day of the CofC Invitational at TD Arena on Saturday.

The Cougars extended their winning streak over Wofford (5-5) to 32 consecutive games with a 3-0 win 25-19, 25-18, 25-17). Overall, CofC is 34-1 against the Terriers.

Melissa Morello hit .500 for the match with 17 kills, 12 digs and three blocks. As a team, the College hit .435, the highest team hitting percentage in the match since the squad hit .442 against Alabama A&M on Sept. 20, 2013.

Tennessee won the second game 3-1 (27-25, 25-18, 13-25, 25-20).

CofC fought tooth-and-nail in a back-and-forth first set but was unable to hold off the Volunteers, falling 27-25. From there, the momentum shifted Tennessee’s way.

The Cougars (6-5) were able to hit just .182 in the match as UT (12-0) compiled 15 team blocks in the winning effort. The decision snapped The College’s five-match winning streak and spoiled the program’s chance to defeat two SEC teams in the same season. The Cougars knocked off Alabama, 3-2, one week earlier in Tuscaloosa.

For the first time in a week, CofC used its two-setter rotation effectively as Mackenzie Cooler recorded 29 and Allison Beckman added 15.